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ddeclue Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-11-08 08:10 PM
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87. I would tend to disagree because
water cooled engines also have more points of failure - water pumps, thermostats, electric cooling fans, water leaks, overheating, head gasket failures, etc.

Air cooled engines are much more simple and reliable which is why they are used in general aviation aircraft.

They are also lighter and easier to repair - you can pull the jugs on an aircraft enginer (or VW bug engine) in very little time and replace them and they don't weigh hardly anything compared to water cooled engines.

IMO: The actual correct statement would be to say that water cooled engines fail more gracefully than air cooled engines.

Doug D.
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